Blue machine with “a subject subject relationship: reciprocity in the nature/culture binary”
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In the critical introduction to the collection of poems “Blue Machine,” I develop a theory of ecopoetics based around a parallel alignment between culture and nature. In the work of poets Alice Notley and Bhanu Kapil, I read humans’ imaginative and empathic acts of transforming into animals as means of restructuring a hierarchy that posits human as perceiving subject and animal as inanimate object. The reorientation of lyric subjectivity and lyric voice towards the body and into a hybrid “humanimal” form leads to the human recognition of animal and natural world as both subject and other.